Soon after the seers from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh had put up an objection to the saffron attire of waiters in the Ramayan Express, the Indian Railways decided on Monday to withdraw the uniform, as reported by news agencies.
“It is to inform that the dress of service staff is completely changed in the look of professional attire of service staff. Inconvenience caused is regretted,” the Indian Railways stated in a statement.
The seers stated that it was a sheer insult to the Hindu religion and warned to stop the train on 12th December in Delhi if the dress code was not changed.
“We wrote a letter to the railway minister two days ago, lodging our protest against waiters serving refreshments and food in the Ramayan Express in saffron. Donning a saffron attire with a sadhu-like headgear and wearing malas (necklaces) of rudraksha is an insult to the Hindu religion and its seers,” Avdeshpri who is the former general secretary of Ujjain Akhada Parishad told PTI.
The uniforms have been certainly changed to normal shirts and trousers and with traditional headgear. The waiters will however continue to wear saffron gloves and masks.
The very first Ramayan circuit train chugged off on a period of 17-day journey from the Safdarjung railway station on 7th November. It will visit 15 places which is associated with the life of Lord Ram. It will cover more than 7,500 km. The train will take pilgrims to certain places such as Prayag, Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Janakpur, Nasik, Sitamarhi, Hampi and Rameshwaram.